Gerdau Heat-Treat Expansion Almost Complete
Gerdau is nearing completion of a capital-investment project at its Huntington, Ind., facility that will double its capacity to support the automotive industry’s switch from hydraulic powered steering (HPS) to more energy-efficient electric powered steering (EPS) systems. The expansion includes the recent completion of a fifth line for the quench-and-temper process, which is a treatment that adds strength to steel bars. Also included in the investment is a new building that houses the latest equipment for additional manufacturing processes, including inspection, induction heat treating, straightening and cutting. Upon completion in August, the Huntington facility will be able to process up to 15,000 tons of steel per year for EPS racks.